South Pennine Walks
Date: 2nd April 2005
Distance: 7.1 miles
Ascent: 1173 feet
Time: 3 hours
Start Grid Ref: SD931492
A pleasant walk up on to the modest moorland height of Pinhaw Beacon, shame it was hazy as the views would have been excellent.
Route Summary: Elslack - Scarcliff - Porridge Stoop - Pennine Way - Pinhaw - Standrise Plantation - Elslack Reservoir - Elslack
1. Porridge Stoop
2. Elslack Moor rising to Pinhaw Beacon
3. Approaching the top of Pinhaw Beacon
4. The path down into Standrise Plantation
5. Elslack Reservoir
Walk Detail: The initial navigation through the fields was, as I often find, awkward. When we hit the open moorland at Higher Scarcliff navigation and enjoyment of the walk increased despite my disappointment at the hazy conditions which rendered anything more than a mile away virtually invisible.
One feature of note was Porridge Stoop, an impressive 18th Century guidepost. Upon reaching the top of Pinhaw Beacon we were accosted by a friendly local, and his dog, who kept telling me how unlucky we were with the weather as it is a superb viewpoint. Thanks!!
We sat and had lunch on the rather pleasant grassy top while I imagined all the things I might have seen. On the route back Standrise Plantation proved to be a lovely bit of woodland and then from Elslack Reservoir it was a short walk back to the car.
This was a nice walk but I was so miffed about not getting any views that I drove back in the evening a few days later as you can park fairly close to the summit. It was a beautiful clear evening and we could make out a whole sweep of hills from the South Pennines round to the Dales to Bowland and Pendle Hill. More surprisingly there was also a long line of Lakeland peaks showing very clearly to the north west thus proving it is indeed a great viewpoint.